My mom and I recently tackled a fun decorating project at my family’s Nantucket house and I’m obsessed with how it turned out! We added grasscloth wallpaper to the backs of the built-in bookshelves in our living room and it instantly warmed up the entire space and made the bookshelves look more custom. I definitely want to recreate the look somewhere in our new house (which I’ll be sharing more about this week!). Here’s the before and after, plus an exclusive promo code for the custom coordinates sign:

wallpapering bookshelves on design darling

grasscloth wallpaper in bookshelves on design darling

There was nothing wrong with the bookshelves before, but my mom had a hunch that adding wallpaper would make them look much more polished and I think she was spot on! We applied this Ralph Lauren Coronado gilded grasscloth wallpaper and the quality is stunning in person, with a subtle metallic sheen that really warms up the room.

wallpapered bookshelves on design darling

grasscloth wallpapered bookshelves on design darling

We’re still working on hiding this pesky TV wire (just ordered one of these cable concealer kits that we used in our living room at home) but the wallpaper really made a world of difference! One new addition to the bookshelves is this Nantucket coordinates sign from an Etsy shop called Southern Cross Design & Co. The owner Laura can make custom coordinates signs for any location and I love the personal touch they add to a space! She’s generously offering 15% off with code DESIGNDARLING15 now through July 31 if you want to order your own. The one above is the dark navy but I also ordered a harbor blue version for our home in CT. I love the idea of hanging it over a doorway or window as well!

nantucket coordinates sign on design darling

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  1. How did yall choose to apply the wallpaper in the cabinet? The wallpaper paste seems rather intimidating to me! Did yall find an easier method? Slam dunk mother:daughter collab!

    1. We used wallpaper paste and it’s totally not intimidating, especially with a pattern like this that doesn’t have a specific repeat that you have to match up. But we also recently applied peel-and-stick wallpaper in our rental house (you can click on the “our home” category at the top!) if that’s more your speed! 🙂

  2. How gorgeous! Love the wallpaper idea – definitely going to be using that in my home! You and your mom are so creative Mackenzie!

  3. Your mom’s decorating instincts are always on point! Would LOVE to see a blog post of all her best tips (and if you haven’t written one yet, yours too obvs). Need to channel all the Horan energy for my space.